Author: Nikkita Tassone
It may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you ought to stay rugged up at home. Perth’s small bar scene is flourishing, and features everything from dimly-lit, carnival-themed basement bars to friendly neighborhood spaces with plenty of comfy couches. Escape the wintery nights with these 7 small cosy bars.
A local neighborhood bar and café in Subiaco, Bark is in fact the smallest bar in town. Don’t be deterred by this, Bark offers old-fashioned hospitality and friendly service. The bar has a relaxed vibe and great Australian beverages personally sourced by its bar team. There’s even a virtual fireplace and board games available to complete the cosy atmosphere.
Step below the CBD and into the dimly-lit, enchanting Bobeche bar. Trademarked for its offering of free-flowing popcorn, this carnival-themed bar is heavily influenced by the golden era of speakeasies and is the perfect late-night hang for city bar-hoppers. Perhaps most famous for serving their cocktails in decorative teapots, Bobeche also offer a Hot Coconut Buttered Rum special during the cooler season.
Conveniently located on Mount Lawley’s lively Beaufort Street, Clarences’ wood features, soft-candle lighting and cosy leather booths create the perfect warm atmosphere to socialise in the colder months. Their menu also offers the ultimate comfort food, including truffle mac’n’cheese and a mouthwatering cheeseburger.
Tucked away from the bustle of Northbridge, Frisk may be small – but it is filled to the brim with over 180 varieties of exquisite gin. This dog-friendly bar also offers a large selection of whisky, wine, beer and cider – and don’t skimp on the bar snacks which include cheese boards, charcoal pork jerky and even marshmallow-filled dessert toasties.
Mrs Brown is an intimate neighborhood bar housed in an old Victorian terrace in North Fremantle. Snuggle up next to its open fire, and whilst you’re comfortable, make sure to check out the venue’s impressive wine-list and selection of delicious cheese platters.
Rodney’s Bait and Tackle
A quirky neighborhood bar, Rodney’s boasts a huge collection of vintage fishing gear. Located in Mosman Park, the venue’s cosy alcove features a double-sided fireplace perfectly placed next to comfy sofas. In the evenings, expect to hear live jazz, blues and island tunes – perfectly accompanied by a drink from its boat-shaped bar.
Along with its warmth and rustic brick interiors, The Cabin brings a hunting-lodge ambiance to Mount Hawthorn. Its blazing fireplace and heated balcony area are sure to entice you to stay a while while its menu is perfectly crafted for the cooler weather, featuring fresh local produce.
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